Reid updates COVID-19 testing numbers; state reports case in Fayette County

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Reid Health has released information about recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) testing.
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday (March 18), Reid posted on its website that staff have sent 24 tests.
It shows three presumptive positives, two negatives and 19 pending results.
The total includes hospitalized and self-quarantines.
On Tuesday, Reid and Wayne County Health Department officials announced Reid was treating its first presumptive positive COVID-19 case at the hospital. Health officials said the patient, a Franklin County resident who sought treatment in the Reid emergency room, was in good condition.
Reid officials note that testing availability remains limited and subject to approval by Indiana State Department of Health.
“We are unable to routinely test for this virus at this time,” the website says. “This is an issue in many areas because of problems with a supply of testing materials. Meanwhile, the Indiana State Health Department will only perform limited testing in specific situations. If you believe you could have been exposed, you should self-quarantine and/or contact your local or state health department, along with your routine care provider with questions about any symptoms you develop.”
Reid officials say the health system has a COVID-19 command center team that is gathering daily for the latest updates and to make decisions about any new steps or changes needed.
“This pandemic situation changes constantly, so our team remains flexible and focused to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.”

State numbers
The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported nine new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 39 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories. Two Hoosiers have died.

The new cases involve residents of Fayette (1), Clark (1), Hamilton (1), Hendricks (1), Jennings (1), Lake (1), Madison (1) and Marion (2) counties.

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